Gleaning collects disaster relief supplies this Friday, Saturday

June 15, 2021 | CONCORD, VA: The officials at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) have predicted a 60% chance of experiencing an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year. Forecasters predict a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms, with the probability of 6 to 10 of those becoming hurricanes.

Of the predicted hurricanes, they foresee 3 to 5 major storms in 2021.

This year’s official hurricane season began on June first, and the staff at Gleaning For The World is ramping up their disaster response program.

The nonprofit organization will be hosting a disaster relief collection at Sam’s Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg this Friday and Saturday, (June 18 & 19) from 10am until 6pm each day.

Supplies collected this week will be held in preparation of Gleaning’s hurricane response in 2021.

“We want to get a head start collecting disaster relief supplies this year,” Gleaning’s president, Jeane Smiley-Mason, said. “When disaster strikes, our team works as quickly as possible to collect critically-needed supplies and send them on their way to those affected by these massive storms. The sooner we can get a truck loaded, the sooner we can get the truck on the road.”

Gleaning For The World is asking the public to donate new, unopened, and unused supplies such as nonperishable foods, sports drinks, paper household goods, baby supplies, pet foods, hygiene items, and cleanup supplies such as gloves and trash bags.

The organization will be conveniently located with their 53-foot tractor trailer in front of Lynchburg’s Sam’s Club, which is a central location to most places in the Lynchburg area. Donors are welcome to shop at any store and drop off the supplies at Gleaning’s truck. Online shoppers can donate through Gleaning’s Disaster Relief Amazon Wish List, which can be found at Items purchased through the Amazon Wish List will be shipped directly to Gleaning For The World.

Monetary donations for Gleaning’s disaster response program can be made in-person during the collection, or online at Checks can be mailed to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538.

“We truly appreciate the community’s support of our disaster relief efforts,” Smiley-Mason continued. “Because Gleaning’s supporters give so generously – together, we are able to help families and individuals during their most devastating moments after disaster strikes. We thank you for your past support and we look forward to seeing our Gleaning family this week during our first disaster relief collection of 2021.”

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

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Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to

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